Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Jess Trane
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11226
I strive to cultivate an environment that is trauma-informed and mindful and affirming of each client's race, culture, sexuality, and gender identity.
Human beings are often walking the fine line between trying to do the best they can and recognizing they might need or want to do better - choosing to do the work to explore the latter path is an act of strength and bravery. In therapy, we will work together to develop a trusting and caring relationship to help you navigate this path. We will collaborate in identifying and applying your strengths and values to support you in working through your concerns and moving toward living as your most grounded and authentic self. I have experience working with both teens and adults and welcome both to my practice.
I strive to cultivate an environment that is trauma-informed and mindful and affirming of each client's race, culture, sexuality, and gender identity.
Human beings are often walking the fine line between trying to do the best they can and recognizing they might need or want to do better - choosing to do the work to explore the latter path is an act of strength and bravery. In therapy, we will work together to develop a trusting and caring relationship to help you navigate this path. We will collaborate in identifying and applying your strengths and values to support you in working through your concerns and moving toward living as your most grounded and authentic self. I have experience working with both teens and adults and welcome both to my practice.
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Tamar Kaye
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
While I have extensive experience treating adults and adolescents of all ages, many patients I see in my practice are in their 20’s-40's. Often they have experienced significant trauma in their lives that has resulted in intense feelings of depression and anxiety. There often is disruption and disappointment in relationships. This work can be challenging in ways we cannot always predict, so it is important that the therapist and patient together create a safe space that supports increasing awareness. I believe this can only be achieved when people are making progress in real-time towards more fulfilling lives.
While I have extensive experience treating adults and adolescents of all ages, many patients I see in my practice are in their 20’s-40's. Often they have experienced significant trauma in their lives that has resulted in intense feelings of depression and anxiety. There often is disruption and disappointment in relationships. This work can be challenging in ways we cannot always predict, so it is important that the therapist and patient together create a safe space that supports increasing awareness. I believe this can only be achieved when people are making progress in real-time towards more fulfilling lives.
(917) 426-9499 View (917) 426-9499
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Jillian Biegel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11206  (Online Only)
I aid older adults in understanding and healing from trauma, alternative coping skills, and managing caretaking stress.
Therapy is an ongoing collaboration that takes vulnerability. Your expertise on your experiences combined with my clinical knowledge creates a relationship where you have the space to intentionally explore yourself. Curiosity, compassion, and humor create a laid back atmosphere, where I learn about the interplay between your personal history and context within society. I work with clients facing trauma, substance abuse and misuse, relationship stress, domestic and sexual violence, as well as anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
I aid older adults in understanding and healing from trauma, alternative coping skills, and managing caretaking stress.
Therapy is an ongoing collaboration that takes vulnerability. Your expertise on your experiences combined with my clinical knowledge creates a relationship where you have the space to intentionally explore yourself. Curiosity, compassion, and humor create a laid back atmosphere, where I learn about the interplay between your personal history and context within society. I work with clients facing trauma, substance abuse and misuse, relationship stress, domestic and sexual violence, as well as anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
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Lewis Elliott
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11207  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I'm Lewis and I am a clinical mental health counselor. I provide an encouraging and diverse approach with evidence-based treatment options that cater to various individuals and situations. Whether you're looking to heal from past trauma, navigating a challenging life phase, or a parent seeking support for your child's success in school and personal growth – I'm here for you! I am educated in addressing issues like anxiety, depression, family matters, trauma, assault, and ADHD-related challenges, as well as managing negative thoughts and low self-esteem.
Hello and welcome! I'm Lewis and I am a clinical mental health counselor. I provide an encouraging and diverse approach with evidence-based treatment options that cater to various individuals and situations. Whether you're looking to heal from past trauma, navigating a challenging life phase, or a parent seeking support for your child's success in school and personal growth – I'm here for you! I am educated in addressing issues like anxiety, depression, family matters, trauma, assault, and ADHD-related challenges, as well as managing negative thoughts and low self-esteem.
(718) 970-7235 View (718) 970-7235
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Veronica Arjona, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11206  (Online Only)
I have worked within culturally-informed and trauma-informed frameworks.
My goal as a therapist is to support you in becoming the person you want to be. I'll work with you towards finding ways to improve your life in the direction you choose. Therapy is a space for you to fully focus on finding what works for you. As a native Spanish speaker, I work bilingually with individuals, couples, families, and other groups.
I have worked within culturally-informed and trauma-informed frameworks.
My goal as a therapist is to support you in becoming the person you want to be. I'll work with you towards finding ways to improve your life in the direction you choose. Therapy is a space for you to fully focus on finding what works for you. As a native Spanish speaker, I work bilingually with individuals, couples, families, and other groups.
(628) 209-5915 View (628) 209-5915
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Amie D. Wells
LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11212  (Online Only)
I use an integration of treatment models that are trauma informed, behaviorally activating and relational such as, EMDR, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, Relational Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gottman Therapy and Family Systems Therapy in addition to the use of Mindfulness techniques for mood stabilization.
I work with couples who are committed to improving their relationships and individuals whose goals are to heal from personal or intergenerational traumas, minority related stress such as BIPOC, LGBTQIA and Non-Monogamous identity or relationship stressors. Their ideal goals would be to improve their relationship, learn effective communication skills, manage emotional triggers and learn how to regulate their mood. The objective would be to develop the insight, self-confidence, and concrete skills to shift from feelings of shame, guilt or anger to feelings of empowerment, confidence and love to have healthier lives and relationships.
I use an integration of treatment models that are trauma informed, behaviorally activating and relational such as, EMDR, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, Relational Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gottman Therapy and Family Systems Therapy in addition to the use of Mindfulness techniques for mood stabilization.
I work with couples who are committed to improving their relationships and individuals whose goals are to heal from personal or intergenerational traumas, minority related stress such as BIPOC, LGBTQIA and Non-Monogamous identity or relationship stressors. Their ideal goals would be to improve their relationship, learn effective communication skills, manage emotional triggers and learn how to regulate their mood. The objective would be to develop the insight, self-confidence, and concrete skills to shift from feelings of shame, guilt or anger to feelings of empowerment, confidence and love to have healthier lives and relationships.
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Carolina Franco
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11217
My areas of specialized training and interests include trauma, addictions, gender identity, Sexual orientation, sexuality, parenting, ethnic and racial identity concerns, social justice work, immigration, women's health, and adolescent development.
Starting therapy is a leap of faith at a time when hope is scarce. It is an act of courage. I prioritize symptom relief and stabilization, but I believe that lasting change and growth stem from a deeper understanding of our histories, relationships, internal worlds, and motivations. I work best with people who are willing to take a risk and become curious about their own complexity. I believe social and political environments, genetic predispositions, and intergenerational histories all interact to manifest our challenges and gifts. Ideally, my clients would be open to uncovering the many unconscious forces at play in their lives.
My areas of specialized training and interests include trauma, addictions, gender identity, Sexual orientation, sexuality, parenting, ethnic and racial identity concerns, social justice work, immigration, women's health, and adolescent development.
Starting therapy is a leap of faith at a time when hope is scarce. It is an act of courage. I prioritize symptom relief and stabilization, but I believe that lasting change and growth stem from a deeper understanding of our histories, relationships, internal worlds, and motivations. I work best with people who are willing to take a risk and become curious about their own complexity. I believe social and political environments, genetic predispositions, and intergenerational histories all interact to manifest our challenges and gifts. Ideally, my clients would be open to uncovering the many unconscious forces at play in their lives.
(347) 934-8803 View (347) 934-8803
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Kate McGuire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238
I utilize EMDR therapy when indicated to treat a range of mental health symptoms congruent with trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, and grief.
Being human is hard; that is an undeniable fact. Life is full of immense joy and gut wrenching heartache, high highs and low lows. I wholeheartedly believe that one of the most powerful benefits of being engaged in therapy is that you don’t have to face life alone. People are wired for connection and it is my mission for my clients to feel seen, heard, and deeply cared for in my presence. I work with adult individuals and couples to explore where they are in life, how they got there, and where they would like to go.
I utilize EMDR therapy when indicated to treat a range of mental health symptoms congruent with trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, and grief.
Being human is hard; that is an undeniable fact. Life is full of immense joy and gut wrenching heartache, high highs and low lows. I wholeheartedly believe that one of the most powerful benefits of being engaged in therapy is that you don’t have to face life alone. People are wired for connection and it is my mission for my clients to feel seen, heard, and deeply cared for in my presence. I work with adult individuals and couples to explore where they are in life, how they got there, and where they would like to go.
(646) 736-0922 View (646) 736-0922
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Ashley Pierson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11217  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in CT and NY, located in Brooklyn, NY, intensively trained with expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and treatment for PTSD and trauma-related disorders.
I typically work with adults and adolescents whose lives feel chaotic and out of control with unrelenting misery and emotional suffering. My practice is dedicated to equipping these individuals with the tools needed to accept emotional pain, eliminate harmful ways of coping, and build lives that reward them with purpose and meaning. My approach is open, direct, and compassionate. I speak and interact with clients as my authentic self in a therapeutic relationship.
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in CT and NY, located in Brooklyn, NY, intensively trained with expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and treatment for PTSD and trauma-related disorders.
I typically work with adults and adolescents whose lives feel chaotic and out of control with unrelenting misery and emotional suffering. My practice is dedicated to equipping these individuals with the tools needed to accept emotional pain, eliminate harmful ways of coping, and build lives that reward them with purpose and meaning. My approach is open, direct, and compassionate. I speak and interact with clients as my authentic self in a therapeutic relationship.
(646) 906-8664 View (646) 906-8664
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Lisa Rosenblatt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11230
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. I am a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work and received post graduate training in EMDR, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Internal Family Systems, CBT, and Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation. My areas of expertise are addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, and codependency), sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, parenting and marital issues. I utilize a variety of methodologies and techniques to best help client achieve their goals. Much of my work involves healing the inner child which enables the individual/couple to re parent themselves and become empowered.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. I am a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work and received post graduate training in EMDR, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Internal Family Systems, CBT, and Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation. My areas of expertise are addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, and codependency), sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, parenting and marital issues. I utilize a variety of methodologies and techniques to best help client achieve their goals. Much of my work involves healing the inner child which enables the individual/couple to re parent themselves and become empowered.
(516) 784-5838 View (516) 784-5838
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Kai Monde
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma and identifying resilience, depression, and anxiety.
We all need a shoulder at times, a compassionate and empathetic ear. There are things that you just can’t say to loved ones in your life. And sometimes there are things you can’t get a handle on by yourself. You are not alone. I work with adolescents and adults who need a place to speak freely without judgement and be heard.
I specialize in trauma and identifying resilience, depression, and anxiety.
We all need a shoulder at times, a compassionate and empathetic ear. There are things that you just can’t say to loved ones in your life. And sometimes there are things you can’t get a handle on by yourself. You are not alone. I work with adolescents and adults who need a place to speak freely without judgement and be heard.
(516) 619-3115 View (516) 619-3115
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Aviv Mental Health Counseling Services PLLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
My hope is to bring light and understanding to those dark areas in life after trauma.
Hi! I'm Neli Betancourt-Rodriguez. I'm a Christian bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed mental health counselor in New York City. Whatever brought you here, I'm so glad you're here. Your story deserves to be heard, uncovered, and transformed into purpose. Your life matters. My hope is to walk alongside you in the aftermath of what can feel like the weight of the world. Sometimes, that aftermath looks like learning to trust again after abuse, or to feel joy after years of depression and sadness, or to unlearn patterns that no longer serve you. It may be hard to believe freedom is accessible. But here, I know it's possible. . .
My hope is to bring light and understanding to those dark areas in life after trauma.
Hi! I'm Neli Betancourt-Rodriguez. I'm a Christian bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed mental health counselor in New York City. Whatever brought you here, I'm so glad you're here. Your story deserves to be heard, uncovered, and transformed into purpose. Your life matters. My hope is to walk alongside you in the aftermath of what can feel like the weight of the world. Sometimes, that aftermath looks like learning to trust again after abuse, or to feel joy after years of depression and sadness, or to unlearn patterns that no longer serve you. It may be hard to believe freedom is accessible. But here, I know it's possible. . .
(718) 550-2420 View (718) 550-2420
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Rivka Silverman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11203
I am a licensed social worker primarily serving children, adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and histories of trauma.
Because counseling can sometimes be a daunting experience, I aim to put my clients at ease from the first moment. Life can be difficult to navigate. We accumulate invisible scars and wounds over time. When the tools and thoughts that we use to cope with life's changes and challenges are out dated, they can leave us feeling depressed, fearful, or overwhelmed. I work collaboratively with my clients to fully understand their issues and to develop treatment strategies that address their concerns in an open, safe, and understanding environment.
I am a licensed social worker primarily serving children, adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and histories of trauma.
Because counseling can sometimes be a daunting experience, I aim to put my clients at ease from the first moment. Life can be difficult to navigate. We accumulate invisible scars and wounds over time. When the tools and thoughts that we use to cope with life's changes and challenges are out dated, they can leave us feeling depressed, fearful, or overwhelmed. I work collaboratively with my clients to fully understand their issues and to develop treatment strategies that address their concerns in an open, safe, and understanding environment.
(917) 746-4996 View (917) 746-4996
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Dani DeLade
Art Therapist, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11209  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is creative, compassionate, and collaborative, integrating trauma-informed practice, art therapy, talk therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Showing up for yourself is incredibly important, however prioritizing your own needs is often easier said than done. It can be especially challenging if you already feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, stuck, and/or lost. Through the therapeutic process, together we can navigate life transitions, explore difficult emotions, resolve conflicts, build on strengths, enhance coping skills, increase self-satisfaction, and gain new insights.
My approach to therapy is creative, compassionate, and collaborative, integrating trauma-informed practice, art therapy, talk therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Showing up for yourself is incredibly important, however prioritizing your own needs is often easier said than done. It can be especially challenging if you already feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, stuck, and/or lost. Through the therapeutic process, together we can navigate life transitions, explore difficult emotions, resolve conflicts, build on strengths, enhance coping skills, increase self-satisfaction, and gain new insights.
(908) 676-7925 View (908) 676-7925
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Hannah R Wertz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in substance use and trauma-related mental health concerns. I work from a psychodynamic and attachment-based perspective while drawing from my experience with a wide variety of treatment approaches, including harm reduction, CBT, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, and empirically validated treatments for PTSD. My focus is on building a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic space in which we can investigate how early relationship models may inform current interpersonal patterns, with the goal of helping you to relate to others with greater flexibility and choice.
Hello! I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in substance use and trauma-related mental health concerns. I work from a psychodynamic and attachment-based perspective while drawing from my experience with a wide variety of treatment approaches, including harm reduction, CBT, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, and empirically validated treatments for PTSD. My focus is on building a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic space in which we can investigate how early relationship models may inform current interpersonal patterns, with the goal of helping you to relate to others with greater flexibility and choice.
(855) 494-0528 View (855) 494-0528
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Jasmine Cohen
Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11211  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am deeply committed to addressing mental health stressors related to oppression, family dynamics, trauma, and identity.
I’m a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Dance/Movement Psychotherapist. I work collaboratively with my clients to help support their emotional and mental well-being through an integration of the mind and body. I am trauma focused, intersectionality minded, and psychodynamically oriented. I work with many clients who are faced with stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem, helping them to overcome these challenges and enhance their repertoire of coping skills and resources. More recently, I have also worked with many clients managing stress and grief related to Covid-19 through secure telehealth sessions.
I am deeply committed to addressing mental health stressors related to oppression, family dynamics, trauma, and identity.
I’m a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Dance/Movement Psychotherapist. I work collaboratively with my clients to help support their emotional and mental well-being through an integration of the mind and body. I am trauma focused, intersectionality minded, and psychodynamically oriented. I work with many clients who are faced with stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem, helping them to overcome these challenges and enhance their repertoire of coping skills and resources. More recently, I have also worked with many clients managing stress and grief related to Covid-19 through secure telehealth sessions.
(917) 994-7074 View (917) 994-7074
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Micaela Wire
Psychologist, PhD, MSEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I also work with many families to process separation, divorce, foster care/adoption, trauma, and grief and loss.
Hello! I am a New York State licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various academic, developmental, and psychological difficulties. I have extensive experience working with children and their parents experiencing difficulties with behavior management, along with family stress and anxiety. I also specialize in educational planning and consultation, and am happy to counsel families through the DOE special-education process (ex. obtaining an IEP, securing services, applications to state-approved or private programs).
I also work with many families to process separation, divorce, foster care/adoption, trauma, and grief and loss.
Hello! I am a New York State licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various academic, developmental, and psychological difficulties. I have extensive experience working with children and their parents experiencing difficulties with behavior management, along with family stress and anxiety. I also specialize in educational planning and consultation, and am happy to counsel families through the DOE special-education process (ex. obtaining an IEP, securing services, applications to state-approved or private programs).
(347) 527-4172 View (347) 527-4172
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David Katzenstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Dr. David Katzenstein, DSW LCSW-R is a licensed psychotherapist who treats adults, couples, children and adolescents. In his practice he sees individuals with a host of issues including anxiety, depression, abuse/trauma, self-esteem, behavior disorders, and family and relationship conflict. He has advanced clinical training in CBT, ACT, EMDR, as well as psychodynamic approaches, and is nationally certified in the treatment of PTSD.
Dr. David Katzenstein, DSW LCSW-R is a licensed psychotherapist who treats adults, couples, children and adolescents. In his practice he sees individuals with a host of issues including anxiety, depression, abuse/trauma, self-esteem, behavior disorders, and family and relationship conflict. He has advanced clinical training in CBT, ACT, EMDR, as well as psychodynamic approaches, and is nationally certified in the treatment of PTSD.
(646) 681-2820 View (646) 681-2820
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Molly Tenzer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11222
My work engages people of all backgrounds, but with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ clients. I see clients experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health concerns, as well as life transitions or stressful moments who need support while they move through adjustment issues or simply "feeling stuck".
My work engages people of all backgrounds, but with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ clients. I see clients experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health concerns, as well as life transitions or stressful moments who need support while they move through adjustment issues or simply "feeling stuck".
(347) 670-3706 View (347) 670-3706
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Rachel Steinhardt
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, MS Ed, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11210  (Online Only)
Whether you have been feeling down, overwhelmed, lost, spiritually broken, hurt, confused, stressed, going through a major life transition or maybe you're just looking for something more, you have come to the right place. When you are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, relationship issues or a lack of self-esteem, it can feel like your whole world is crumbling down and you just have nothing left to give. In a safe, caring, and judgement-free environment, we will uncover your greatest strengths and learn to manage your hardest struggles. You don't have to suffer alone.
Whether you have been feeling down, overwhelmed, lost, spiritually broken, hurt, confused, stressed, going through a major life transition or maybe you're just looking for something more, you have come to the right place. When you are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, relationship issues or a lack of self-esteem, it can feel like your whole world is crumbling down and you just have nothing left to give. In a safe, caring, and judgement-free environment, we will uncover your greatest strengths and learn to manage your hardest struggles. You don't have to suffer alone.
(718) 550-7165 View (718) 550-7165

Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.